Desperate appeal to solve chilling cold case

Police are holding onto fresh hopes that someone in Melbourne’s Hungarian community could help solve the 1999 murder of Irma Palasics.

The 72-year-old and her husband Gregor Palasics, 73, were bound and savagely beaten when two men broke into and ransacked their Canberra home 21 years ago on Saturday, November 6 about 9.30pm.

The criminals fled the Grover Crescent house in McKellar with jewellery and cash.

Mr Palasics was able to free himself and phoned police, but his wife died at the scene from her injuries.

Friday marked the 21st anniversary of the horrific crime, with police in the ACT suggesting new information pointed towards a person in Melbourne’s Hungarian community who potentially had details about the cold case.

Detective Sergeant Adam Rhynehart urged this person to come forward and speak to police.

“If you are a member of the Melbourne Hungarian community and have even the smallest piece of information that could assist in the ongoing investigation into the death of Irma Palasics we want to hear from you,” he said.

“Your information could be what is needed to bring a person before the courts and provide the Palasics’ family the answers they’ve been searching for more than two decades.”

A $500,000 reward remains in place for information leading to a successful prosecution.

“If there are people out there that are concerned for their safety, there are provision available to protect your identity,” Detective Sergeant Rhynehart said.

Irma’s grandson John Mikita said not knowing what happened on that fateful night still brought incredible pain to the whole family.

“It’s quite possible one of the most traumatic parts of the unknown sequence of events that took place that night, did she suffer or was it quick?,” he said.

“The murderers that night not only robbed my grandparent’s home and stole their lives, they robbed me of my innocence, they robbed me of my future. They tore a hole in my life that will never heal.”

Mr Mikita echoed the statements of ACT Police and urged anyone with information to come forward.

“Twenty-one years on we still seek answers from the community as to who may have done these horrendous things to two innocent pensioners,” he said.

“If anyone knows anything, no matter how small or insignificant it may be, please please please call ACT Policing and report it.”

Anybody who has information on the Irma Palasics murder should phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website.

Information can be provided anonymously.

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